We now have 10 additional openings for registrants for our ClaimSmentor Fundamentals of Property Claims course starting 5/8/12

May 6, 2012

We had previously closed registration for our ten part series online LIVE of our ClaimSmentor Fundamentals of Property Claims Adjusting course which starts up May 8, 2012 and will be held on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from May 8, 2012 through Jnne 14, 2012 (off Memorial Day week).

We have now moved our class to a new software program which will allow to now accept 10 additional registrants for the course if you missed the deadline.

All class info and registration information was in this prior blog along with a link to our 125 question self assessment test to see if you can benefit from this class on this link:

https://dimechimes.wordpress.com/2012/04/28/claimsmentor-fundamentals-of-property-claims-handling-class-begins-may-8-2012-deadline-to-register-is-may-5-2012-at-5pm-et/

We can accept 10 more registrations with a new deadline of 2pm ET Monday May 7, 2012 to register.

 

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January 2011 classes for Property and Casualty Adjusters to begin soon! Register now!

December 28, 2010

We are hosting the following classes in January 2011. Registration information and full class syllabus info is now posted in our ClaimSmentor forums for the following courses:

1) Introduction to Claims Careers for newly licensed independent adjusters:

We will host a two night session on January 4, 2011 and January 6, 2011 live online at ClaimSmentor for those newly licensed adjusters who need to further their knowledge about opportunities in Property and Casualty claim training. We cover salary information for staff adjuster postions and fee schedules types and samples for independent adjusters. We cover resume requirements and how they differ in the claims industry as well as providing resume templates. We cover the differences in staff and independent adjuster careers, the differences in inside adjusting and field adjusting as well as information on catastrophe versus daily adjusting. These will be held from 6-9pm CST on the nights listed above.

For complete details send request to join ClaimSmentor to DkMoroy@Dimechimes.com as you must be a registered member of ClaimSmentor to sign up for the classes and to login to the forums for complete details.

2) Eight session Fundamentals of Property Adjusting course held Monday and Thursday nights beginning January 17, 2011 from 6-9pm CST live online. It is recommended you begin with the Claims Career Introductory courses in #1 above before taking this course. Course covers Additional living expense claim handling, contents claim handling, disaster mass file assignment handling, coverage question handling, all claim forms and samples, night spent with live claim management system to learn how to work with CMS assignments, file requirements and file order, and much much more. Same instructions apply about registering for ClaimSmentor to view complete syllabus and details on this course.

3) Liability claims handling for homeowner policies. Course covers medical bill review, liability claim reporting, recorded statement outlines and instructions, CPT and ICD-9 billing applicable to all medical payment and liability files. This is followed by sessions covering dog bite liability investigations and claim file requirements, premises liability claim handling, and dangerous instrumentality and intentional act claim handling. These liability classes will take place once each week for 5 weeks on Tuesday evenings or Tuesday day sessions. Complete details can be accessed once you follow instructions above to get registered for ClaimSmentor!


Coming in July 2010- The ANFI- Associates in National Flood Insurance Designation through AICPCU

May 14, 2010

http://www.aicpcu.org has recently announced a new designation that will be equally as important as the AIC designation.  It is for adjusters interested in handling flood claims.

The name of the designation is ANFI – Associates in National Flood Insurance. It is to be available beginning in July 2010 as a 3 part course. Here is a link to it as well as to the AIC designation we’ve previously discussed in several prior blogs.  I have completed AIC and all but my last part of CPCU and the information gained has been of significant value throughout my claims career. These designations are especially important should you be looking to advance in staff claims opportunities as continuing insurance education is usually preferred for staff claim and staff management positions.

Here are the links:

ANFI designation: http://www.aicpcu.org/comet/programs/anfi/anfi.htm
AIC designation: http://www.aicpcu.org/comet/programs/aic/aic.htm

We also published a blog entry just yesterday on universities also offering degrees in insurance. I highly recommend pursuing this if you are serious about a career in claims as it opens many avenues. The AICPCU program has been accepted by most universities to award college credit for these designations such as AIC, ANFI, and CPCU as well so your completing several important continuing education goals at the same time. I see you already have a degree but Ill post the link anyway for others viewing this topic which may not have a Bachelors Degree.

Here is a link to the blog:

https://dimechimes.wordpress.com/2010/05/13/universities-offering-insurance-degrees-where-to-get-yours-for-a-staff-career-in-claims-adjusting-or-claim-management/

We also had an article published by Claims Education Magazine in their Winter 2008 publication titled “Luck- Where Preparation Meets Opportunity in 2008 that also provides information and links to how to obtain college credit for your AICPCU completed courses. Here is a link to that article:

http://www.claimseducationmagazine.com/pdfs/CEM_Winter_08_v1.pdf


Universities offering Insurance Degrees-where to get yours for a staff career in claims adjusting or claim management

May 13, 2010

This Business Insurance website is just a wealth of information! Here is a list they have of universities offering Bachelor’s degrees in insurance either as a major or a minor:

http://www.businessinsurance.com/section/directories?djoPage=search_details&djoPid=10776&djoPY=@pJ9IK0YJUZoU

Appalachian State University

(Boone, NC)

Ball State University

(Muncie, IN)

Baylor University

(Waco, TX)

California State University Fullerton

California State University, Sacramento

(Sacramento, CA)

Delta State University

(Cleveland, MS)

Florida State University

(Tallahassee, FL)

Georgia State University

(Atlanta, GA)

Howard University

(Washington, DC)

Illinois State University

(Normal, IL)

Illinois Wesleyan University

(Bloomington, IL)

Indiana State University

(Terre Haute, IN)

La Salle University

(Philadelphia, PA)

Miami of Ohio University

(Oxford, OH)

Middle Tennessee State University

(Murfreesboro, TN)

Mississippi State University

(Mississippi State, MS)

Missouri State University

(Springfield, MO)

Old Dominion University

(Norfolk, VA)

Olivet College

(Olivet, MI)

St. John’s University

(New York, NY)

St. Mary’s University

(San Antonio, TX)

Temple University

(Philadelphia, PA)

Troy University

(Troy, AL)

University of Alabama

(Tuscaloosa, AL)

University of Calgary

(Calgary, Alberta)

University of Central Arkansas

(Conway, AR)

University of Georgia

(Athens, GA)

University of Hartford

(West Hartford, CT)

University of Houston

University of Louisiana at Lafayette

(Lafayette, LA)

University of Louisiana at Monroe

(Monroe, LA)

University of Mississippi

(University, MS)

University of Nevada, Las Vegas

(Las Vegas, NV)

University of North Carolina at Charlotte

(Charlotte, NC)

University of North Texas

(Denton, TX)

University of South Carolina

(Columbia, SC)

University of Wisconsin-Madison

(Madison, WI)

Virginia Commonwealth University

(Richmond, VA)

Washington State University

(Pullman, WA)

Appalachian State University

(Boone, NC)

Ball State University

(Muncie, IN)

Baylor University

(Waco, TX)

California State University Fullerton

California State University, Sacramento

(Sacramento, CA)

Delta State University

(Cleveland, MS)

Florida State University

(Tallahassee, FL)

Georgia State University

(Atlanta, GA)

Howard University

(Washington, DC)

Illinois State University

(Normal, IL)

Illinois Wesleyan University

(Bloomington, IL)

Indiana State University

(Terre Haute, IN)

La Salle University

(Philadelphia, PA)

Miami of Ohio University

(Oxford, OH)

Middle Tennessee State University

(Murfreesboro, TN)

Mississippi State University

(Mississippi State, MS)

Missouri State University

(Springfield, MO)

Old Dominion University

(Norfolk, VA)

Olivet College

(Olivet, MI)

St. John’s University

(New York, NY)

St. Mary’s University

(San Antonio, TX)

Temple University

(Philadelphia, PA)

Troy University

(Troy, AL)

University of Alabama

(Tuscaloosa, AL)

University of Calgary

(Calgary, Alberta)

University of Central Arkansas

(Conway, AR)

University of Georgia

(Athens, GA)

University of Hartford

(West Hartford, CT)

University of Houston

University of Louisiana at Lafayette

(Lafayette, LA)

University of Louisiana at Monroe

(Monroe, LA)

University of Mississippi

(University, MS)

University of Nevada, Las Vegas

(Las Vegas, NV)

University of North Carolina at Charlotte

(Charlotte, NC)

University of North Texas

(Denton, TX)

University of South Carolina

(Columbia, SC)

University of Wisconsin-Madison

(Madison, WI)

Virginia Commonwealth University

(Richmond, VA)

Washington State University

(Pullman, WA)

I can personally vouch for the great program Troy State University-Florida Region had. They gave me college credit for all of my Associates in Claims courses and for the 9 parts of CPCU (both programs through http://www.aicpcu.org towards my degree in Insurance Resource management.

It is a common complaint of newly licensed adjusters when they realize most carriers will not hire them as claims adjusters without a Bachelor Degree. Well this is the post to provide you the information for those of you willing to incur the cost and the substantial time into obtaining your degree. It will be well worth your effort for staff adjuster and staff claim management job opportunities!


Announcement- ClaimSmentor forms Strategic Alliance Partnership with Council on Litigation Management group for FREE Law CE’s for adjusters

April 21, 2010

ClaimSmentor was founded with a mission to help improve claims continuing education for independent adjusters since the options were so limited back when we were founded in December of 2005.
 
Towards that goal, I am pleased to announce a major enhancement to independent liability and claims litigation training.
 
We have formed a Strategic Alliance with Council on Litigation Management Group to provide FREE LAW CE’s in all states requiring CE credits for adjusters. Here is the Strategic Alliance information posted on their site:
 
http://www.litmgmt.org/network/StrategicAffiliations.aspx
 
They are offering seminars nationwide at predesignated locations and the best news yet is that your vendor,  adjusting firm , or even insurance companies can schedule to host any of the sessions as well.
 
Think this is good news? The best news is yet to come!
 
Hosting a class couldn’t be easier! Your firm supplies the facility for groups of 25 to 60 claim adjuster attendees and CLM provides all class material and 2 instructors to present the Council on Litigation Management approved course material. In addition, they handle all adjuster CE submission for you. There is absolutely no charge to the adjusting firm or adjuster for hosting these other than providing the meeting space for your group.
 
As adjusters, attendance couldn’t be easier! Simply go to follow these instructions:
 
1)Register as a Fellow membership- totally FREE so you can then register for upcoming training sessions which is also required so they can file your CE’s. Here is the link:
 
http://www.litmgmt.org/FellowRegistration2.aspx
 
2) Then click on this link to find all training sessions and locations scheduled for upcoming FREE classes:
 
http://www.litmgmt.org/Events.aspx
 
 
 
3) We are working with member claims adjusting firms on ClaimSmentor to host these classes. We will handle all email notifications and posting with ClaimSmentor members (now approaching 1200)
 
What an excellent opportunity for meeting opportunities with your adjusters from your firm as well. You can plan and host these along with your roster members at your annual conferences.
 
Independent adjusters are always looking for law CE’s. What a fantastic way to train them to be multi line adjusters for working daily losses.
 
Any firms from ClaimSmentor interested in hosting these classes anywhere nationwide should email CLM@Dimechimes.com to discuss location opportunities and dates you are considering. We’ll do the rest for you with our ClaimSmentor participants to let them know.
 
Please use this topic to ask questions and I will get you the answers you need from CLM. We’ll also use this topic to post notices of which firms are presenting them as well.
 
Adjusters- if you work for an adjusting firm or attend Claims Association meetings, please pass the word and see if they will host a session and we’ll take it from there to get our members to these classes.
 
Special thanks to Adam Potter with CLM for agreeing to this Strategic Alliance to bring free LAW CE’s to our members nationwide!
 
Now- for some absolutely outstanding news! We are going to kick off the ClaimSmentor involvement with the Claims Litigation management group with their May 6, 2010 Dallas, TX sessions which takes place at the Dallas Cowboys stadium! Only 50 seats left available! Not only will you earn law CE’s but you will also get to tour the stadium as well as attend a game- ALL FREE of Charge! Here is the link to get registered:
 
http://www.litmgmt.org/rsvp/TX10/
 
Other upcoming currently scheduled events are:
 
Columbus, OH- May 12, 2010:
 
http://www.litmgmt.org/rsvp/OH10
 
May 13, 2010 in Atlanta, GA:
 
http://www.litmgmt.org/rsvp/GA10
 
June 10, 2010 in Seattle, WA:
 
 
http://www.litmgmt.org/rsvp/WA10
 
I have to tell you, the mock trial in Seattle brings back some of the best claims management training I ever attended as a staff claims manager- it’s training you will never forget.
 
Again, any member of ClaimSmentor interested in hosting these classes, email CLM@Dimechimes.com to schedule. Why not combine some training you need to do with your roster members one day and a second day providing them with these free Law CE classes.
 
Hosts are asked to schedule only 2 of the 18 classes in one day. They prefer to present these in bite size courses so the adjusters will not be overwhelmed with the training so you might even consider scheduling some quarterly- especially during non cat season!

Not yet a member of ClaimSmentor? Here is the link to our registration information: www.claimSmentor.com/register.php


Top Blogs of Interest to New Adjusters July 2007- April 2008

April 28, 2008

 

You can search the Archives for all blogs we’ve entered since we began this blog in July 2007 but it’s very time consuming we know! In an effort to assist new adjusters entering the claims field, we are providing the links to the top read blogs on careers, fee schedules, claim salaries, adjuster safety issues, errors and omissions coverage and other blogs that would be of interest to new claims folks such as those seeking careers also as auto adjusters. Here’s a link to everything in our archives applicable to new adjusters (and experienced alike who may want some up to date information):

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https://dimechimes.wordpress.com/2007/07/27/claim-career-information-the-pros-and-cons-of-going-staff-adjuster-versus-independent-adjuster/

https://dimechimes.wordpress.com/2007/10/13/auto-adjuster-claim-careers-an-interview-with-adjusting-firm-owner-carey-oconnor-with-csp-claims/

https://dimechimes.wordpress.com/2007/07/26/most-commonly-asked-question-is-how-much-income-can-i-make-as-an-adjuster/

https://dimechimes.wordpress.com/2007/07/26/catastrophe-adjuster-resumes-the-requirements-to-get-noticed-do-differ/

https://dimechimes.wordpress.com/2007/08/30/adjustin-to-adjusting-guest-blogger-linda-goodson-first-storm-duty-was-katrina/

https://dimechimes.wordpress.com/2007/08/24/claims-magazine-claims-salary-survey-is-upplease-participate/

https://dimechimes.wordpress.com/2007/10/19/claim-salary-survey-is-up-at-claims-magazine/

https://dimechimes.wordpress.com/2007/08/17/billingual-adjusters-in-big-demand-please-update-your-resume-if-applicable/

https://dimechimes.wordpress.com/2007/08/14/adjuster-fees-in-the-news-the-time-is-now-to-educate-the-insurance-media-and-press/

https://dimechimes.wordpress.com/2007/08/12/splish-splash-dont-go-takin-a-bath-understanding-independent-firm-contracts/

https://dimechimes.wordpress.com/2007/09/27/independent-adjuster-vs-employee/

https://dimechimes.wordpress.com/2007/09/24/insurance-adjuster-overtime-pay-issues-and-complaints-in-the-news/

https://dimechimes.wordpress.com/2007/09/14/field-adjuster-safety-concerns-be-careful-remembering-katie-froeschle-of-tampa-fl/

https://dimechimes.wordpress.com/2008/04/10/adjuster-safety-another-warning-march-08-nationwide-adjuster-shot-in-vehicle-in-tn-while-on-storm-duty/

https://dimechimes.wordpress.com/2007/09/12/commitment-part-2-standby-calls-what-should-i-do-how-are-cat-codes-determined/

https://dimechimes.wordpress.com/2007/10/24/california-insurance-commissioner-clears-the-way-for-non-cdi-emergency-adjusters-to-handle-wildfire-losses/

https://dimechimes.wordpress.com/2007/10/20/cat-tales-by-guest-bloggers-kim-and-nelson-stegall-their-first-storm-experience/

https://dimechimes.wordpress.com/2007/10/11/auto-claim-training-what-options-do-i-have/

https://dimechimes.wordpress.com/2007/11/20/major-changes-in-the-way-carriers-recruit-and-train-adjustersis-there-really-a-lack-of-available-adjusters/

https://dimechimes.wordpress.com/2007/11/14/tomorrow-is-postmark-deadline-to-get-applications-in-to-join-naca-national-assn-of-catastrophe-adjusters/

https://dimechimes.wordpress.com/2007/12/12/nfip-national-flood-2008-adjuster-certification-classes-are-now-posted/

https://dimechimes.wordpress.com/2008/01/10/do-you-really-know-what-your-errors-and-omissions-coverage-covers/

https://dimechimes.wordpress.com/2008/02/08/errors-and-omissions-coverage-guest-bloggers-dale-moore-client-relations-director-for-cplic/

https://dimechimes.wordpress.com/2008/02/05/luckwhere-preparation-meets-opportunity-published-208-in-claims-education-magazine/

https://dimechimes.wordpress.com/2008/04/23/registration-deadline-42508-for-next-40-hour-fundamentals-of-claims-online-live-class/
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National Association of Catastrophe Adjusters Membership Drive to 3/15/08

March 6, 2008

The National Association of Catastrophe adjusters has changed their membership drive deadline to a new deadline of March 15, 2008 for new and experienced adjusters as well as adjusting firms wishing to join (prior deadline was this past November).

I’ve written about this organization before after becoming quite impressed with them while attending the 2006 yearly convention. I was quite pleased to find such a professional organization holding a meeting that was equal in value to annual carrier claim conventions with their professionalism, opportunities to obtain CE credits for adjusters and I note this coming year (Jan 09) they will offer the National Flood NFIP certification classes as well as the California Earthquake certification.

Here is a link to their membership information! Won’t you consider joining this very worthwhile group? By getting your application in prior to the March 15, 2008 deadline, you will have the opportunity once approved for membership to be in their 2008 directory.

Again we appreciate the 2007 President, Woody Britton, for letting us know about the extension of this year’s registration deadline. We also wish a very successful year to incoming 2008 President, Angelo Cassanese.